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2017 National Floriculture Forum

The 2017 National Floriculture Forum went to the Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, PA on March 17-19, 2017.
Trip Overview:
The 2017 NFF meeting took advantage of the Philadelphia Flower Show, the region’s close proximity to multiple public gardens and a commercial hydroponic cut flower operation that sells direct to the consumer.
On the last day, participants gathered to discuss increasing the younger generation participation in production and academic floriculture and horticulture. This is such an important issue, as much of the industry is aging and many educators are retiring with no one to step in.

The Endowment proudly sponsored NFF and provided five travel grants to graduate students attending the event. AFE travel grant recipients (from left: Nor Kamal Ariff, Wajid Khan, Kellie Walters, Leynar Leyton Naranjo and William Meng). Read reports about their experiences

Members of AFE’s Young Professionals Council attended the event, as well.
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  1. Nor Kamal Ariff, Cornell University
  2. William Meng, Michigan State University
  3. Leynar Leyton Naranjo, University of Georgia
  4. Wajid Khan, Cornell University
  5. Kellie Walters, Michigan State University

Watch a video from the 2017 NFF event!

William Meng, NFF attendee and YPC member, is a graduate student of Michigan State University. The video (below) was created by William to highlight the tours and other activities during the trip. Check out his blog summarizing the event.

AFE is pleased to host the National Floriculture Forum on our website.